What are some good (and docile) brown egg layers?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by safarichick101, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. safarichick101

    safarichick101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want pure brown for a project I am doing called "the rainbow carton."
     
  2. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Barred Rocks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. topeka

    topeka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speckled Sussex
     
  4. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I believe the OP has already considered Speckled Sussex for the brown egg part of the rainbow carton and I and a few others said that, from my experience, I wouldn't call the SS eggs brown, they are a light cream color - very light brown.
     
  5. SOchick

    SOchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have buff orpingtons, barred rocks, and sex links. They are all really sweet, but the BO and BR are by far the sweetest!
     
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You are not going to get your answer here.[​IMG] Too many people here on BYC to give you THEIR opinion. Out of my mixed flock (brown egg layeres) of RIR, BO, Austrolorps the Aussies are more docile. That is my opinion. Good luck. May need to have a poll.[​IMG]
     
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  7. TerriLaChicks

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    Welsummers. Mine are docile & gentle & lay nice dark brown eggs.
     
  8. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    barred rocks are the probably your best bet

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    really docile

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    and they lay with the best of them

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    any of your pylmouth rocks would be a pretty good choice
     
  9. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

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    Even within a breed some hens lay darker than others. My barreds lay a light to medium brown egg. My partridge rocks slightly lighter, except for a couple who lay darker. My blue rock a medium brown egg. My Delawares lay a brown pink egg, some lighter some quite dark. Answer it varies HIGHLY dependent on your stock lines. Some dels will lay a speckled egg.

    If you want a truer dark, cuckoo marans often through a nice even brown egg. Then many others do lay the near chocolate egg they're famous for, and everywhere in between.

    Get photos of the eggs someone is getting from any specific hens they have. A parent's egg, even the egg the rooster came out of help predict the next generation's color ability. A roo from a nearly white egg isn't going to help produce good egg color in his offspring. I only hatch the darker eggs here and it's helped a lot in two generations.

    I like the rainbow egg thing too and am getting set up to add a few colored eggers here as well. Was considering pure white layers too just for the comparison thingy.

    What colors are you shooting for? White, blue, pink, brown, green, speckled, terra cotta, chocolate?
     
  10. applefalls

    applefalls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My barred rocks are anything but docile!

    My most friendly, sweet brown egg layer is a Red Star sex-link.
     

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